Human Resources - Summer Issue 2013 1

Human Resources - Summer Issue 2013
Issue 22
Editor: Angela Pomaro
District Commodore
Commodore John Tyson
District Chief of Staff
Robert A. Weskerna, DCOS
James E. Dennen, DDC-L
Directorate Chief
Angela Pomaro DSO-HR
Human Resources Department
Amy Estrela, ADSO-HR
Special Projects
Tom O’Connor, ADSO-HR
Paulette Parent, ADSO-HR
Rich Steinbach, ADSO-HR
Gil Thomas, ADSO-HR
E-Responder Program
John Owen 12
Tom O’Connor 10
Larry Cook 2
Paul Thomas 14
Bruce McAllister 15
Sharon Breece 17
Harvey Prior 11
Bill Griswold 4
Judith Clapp 7
Rich Steinbach 5
Kyle Wallace 8
Arnold Greenhouse 3
Lou Conti 9
Wilson Iziarry-dehoyos 1
Manuel Estrela 6
Dorothy Cain 13
David Richardson 16
A special thanks is extended to the following SO-HR Officer who has served this past year and will not be
returning. Your efforts, dedication and support are most appreciated. It has been a pleasure working with you.
Good luck in your future endeavors in the USCG Auxiliary.
Marla Short—Division 7
Bill Sekeres, DCDR-14
Judith Clapp—Division 7
Paul Thomas—Division 14
Judith is an member of Flotilla 75. She
enrolled in 2004 and presently holds the
following offices: FSO-HR, SO-HR and
SO-SR. Her certifications include Boat Crew,
Telecommunications Operator, Certified CPR
Provider, Fingerprint Tech. and a member of
the Marine Safety and Environmental
Protection (MSEP)
Paul enrolled in 2008 and recently transferred
from Flotilla 12-8 to Flotilla 14-8. Along with
serving as SO-HR for Division 14, his
certifications include Recreational Boating
Safety, Telecommunications Operator, Vessel
Examiner and Fingerprint Tech.
Submitted by Paulette R. Parent, ADSO-HR/AUXCHEF
The Greek philosopher Heraclitus said: "There is nothing permanent except change."
Those words of wisdom resound through the ages even to this day. A very recent example is the
ALCOAST and ALAUX released this month (June 2013) announcing the Auxiliary Food Service Program
which replaces the AUXCHEF program. You may ask what this change means and how does it affect the
current and future members engaged in the program?
Basically, there are no changes to the program per se. There is a change in nomenclature which will align
the former AUXCHEFs with the Coast Guard Food Service Program. AUXCHEFs will now be referred to
as Auxiliary Food Service Specialist (AUXFS for short). As distinguished as this new position may sound,
it will come as no surprise that there is no pay raise (that joke is really getting old but we all still laugh)!
The biggest change will be that all certified AUXFS will now have their qualification and pertinent health
records entered into the national Coast Guard data base (MMRS - Medical Readiness Reporting
System). This will enable an AUXFS to help in any CG location, including areas outside of the
continental U.S. The records can only be accessed through a secure Coast Guard wide system. All
privacy standards will be maintained. In addition, as the number of AUXFSs increase, the sheer logistics
of keeping a vital record base will become untenable on the District level let alone the National level. In
District 7 alone there are currently 78 certified AUXFS! Arrangements are being made with the Coast
Guard to procure and input the information.
The AUXFS program has continued to grow throughout District 7. What has not changed is the
excitement and enthusiasm of the members who have become involved in the program. They take on
whatever tasks are asked of them. Currently, there are AUXFS working aboard CG Cutters at sea and at
home, assisting with Change of Commands and assisting at over fourteen CG locations throughout
District 7. For the first half of 2013, there were five AUXCHEF/FS courses taught in D7. AUXFS
Instructors Paulette Parent and Toni Borman have traveled to Station Ft. Lauderdale, Air Station
Clearwater (twice), Sector Key West and Station Yankeetown with a total of sixty students participating.
The idea of a "roadshow" where the instructors traveled rather than the students made the course
available to everyone. Nevertheless, students have traveled from all over District 7 on their “own dime”
to take the course. One student traveled from Alabama to attend the course (just slightly outside of D7).
Currently, in D7 there are certified AUXFSs in South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and St. Croix (USVI).
So the question is: Are there more changes coming for the AUXFS program? Without a doubt! This
program is still developing and improving with every class and every student who becomes involved.
New ideas, techniques, even new or modified recipes continue to contribute to change the program in a
positive manner. Another change is the D7 AUXFS Newsletter (Don Hunt Editor). The premier
issue was recently electronically published with a new edition due in July. All of these changes are taken
in stride by the AUXFSs because, as they were taught in class, our motto is "Semper Gumby" (Always
For more information on the AUXCHEF program in District 7, please contact:
Paulette Parent ADSO-HR/ AUXCHEF, [email protected]
Retention Guru June 2013
Submitted by Rich Steinbach,
ADSO-Mentoring, East
It is hard to believe that the D7 Mentor Recruitment and Training Plan has just had its first birthday!
One year ago this month the plan was developed and it has evolved many times since. In the last two
months the plan has been presented to two additional flotillas in the southern part of our district —
Flotilla 52, Jupiter and most recently Flotilla 54, Delray/Boynton Beach.
Mentor training starts next week for Flotilla 56, Vero Beach/Sebastian with eleven new members signed
up for the four week training course.
Division 3 Fort Lauderdale, under the leadership of Commander Dan Hess, has already qualified eleven
new mentors in four of the Division 3 flotilla’s — Bravo Zulu to Dan and his leadership team.
If any other divisions or flotillas would like information or support from the district getting a
Mentoring program started, please contact your ADSO-HR Mentoring/Retention at the email address
listed below.
Divisions 2-10-12 and 14 Tom O’Connor [email protected]
Divisions 7-8-9-11 and 15 Gil Thomas [email protected]
Divisions 3-4-5-6-13 and 17 [email protected]
Rich Steinbach [email protected]
772-569-5348 home 772-643-2067 cell
The Rubik’s Cube???
Submitted by Tom O’Connor,
ADSO-HR Mentoring North
I sometimes view the Auxiliary as a Rubik’s Cube – hard to get all the colors (members, Chain of
Leadership, etc.) aligned and moving in a positive direction. When asked what he thought about history,
Winston Churchill replied, “It’s just one damn thing after another.” And so it can be with the Auxiliary.
There are many factors that contribute to this. First, we are a volunteer organization appended to a
military organization with a clear Chain of Command structure. Our Chain of Leadership is filled with
members elected and appointed often more for their willingness and time availability than their skills or
track record of performance.
Then, there are the Policies, Regulations and Procedures. Comprehending this assemblage, and finding
the answer to a simple question can be a major challenge to volunteers, especially ones with no
experience in the military. Couple this with the valid requirement to utilize the Chain of Leadership, and
it seems there is a conscious effort to prevent the person with the problem from talking to the person
who can fix the problem, or at least explain things with authority and knowledge.
And, last but not least, it is only fair to characterize most Auxiliary members, myself included, as
suffering from a disease common to mature people, a hardening of the opinions. This last one is not an
unreasonable position for a person to take. After all, we all have rich life experiences that are relevant to
the challenges we face in the Auxiliary. That was not true in 1968 when I was a new Navy Ensign. Even if
I gritted my teeth at times, I understood the officers above me in the Chain of Command had much
more relevant experiences than I. That is not necessarily true in the Auxiliary
So what happens all too often inside this Rubik’s Cube called the Auxiliary? We get frustrated and
possibly mad at each other. We lose trust in each other and the institution. We lose interest in the
Auxiliary, maybe temporarily, possibly permanently.
We let others know how we feel. And what was a challenge can become a kind of organizational cancer,
eating away at mission performance, and most certainly fellowship.
I’ve been in the Auxiliary for 11 years now. Have I been above all of this? Absolutely not! I have seen
these dynamics from the first person as well as the second and third person. So what have I learned
about dealing with all of this? What can I share with you that might help to keep this Rubik’s Cube
aligned and moving in a positive direction?
First, there is the Buddhist concept of Emptiness. To me, this means to face every moment without any
baggage from the past. Focus on the present without grudges or any thoughts from the past that would
cloud your evaluation of the present.
Second, accept the reality that while there is no rank in the Auxiliary, it is necessary to have some degree
of order in such a large organization. This means that while none of us has any rank, some of us have
been given the temporary responsibility to make decisions at the end of the day. Certainly, it could not
work any other way.
The Dash Between “Then and Now”
Submitted by Connie Irvin, DSO-PA
I recently attended the 40th Anniversary of a flotilla in Division 9. The Master of Ceremonies was
Immediate Past District Commodore Walter Jaskiewicz who made an interesting comment about
Anniversaries and information relating to one’s life.
Jaskiewicz said, “The then or beginning is listed as a date and the interim to the present is indicated by a
dash. That dash represents the entire life of the person or in this case, of the flotilla. It doesn’t tell us
I thought about that as I was driving home and it was sobering. There are flotillas and Auxiliary
members who pass milestones and we honor them, but it takes effort to ferret out and flesh out all of the
challenges, heartaches and victories that come with that little dash.
And that really is something that all of us should keep in mind. Will our life and our time with the
Auxiliary merely be a dash from beginning to end or will we fill in that dash with meaningful endeavors
that provide our families, our communities and our nation with lasting memories of a job well done. Will
those who come after us be able to look back at our efforts and say, “This person, this flotilla has left this
place better for having been here.”
We call ourselves Auxiliarists and we join the Coast Guard Auxiliary for various reasons. Those reasons
for joining usually reflect some personal goal or mission that we hope to achieve. If we can keep our eye
on the dash between then and now, we will be able to recognize that the dash needs to be fleshed out and
that the missions we are charged with pursuing are worthy of our time and our effort. To sit on the
sidelines and merely be a fixture or a flotilla in a fading uniform is not what the dash should represent.
The dash between then and now should hold all of the challenges, the heartaches and the victories that
represent the best of our efforts. As individuals, we fill out the dash when we contribute to the common
goals and missions of our organization. The Auxiliary needs dedication, not from just a few, but from the
many. In just a short time, the Coast Guard Auxiliary will reach its 75 th birthday: 1939-2014.
We’re not there yet. There’s still time left. What did you put in that dash?
Submitted by Sue Hastings, DSO-IS
Now that Hurricane season is upon us we need to keep our contact information up to date. The best way
to do this is to use the 7028 Webform – Change of Member Information which can be found at https:// or on the National website, Forms Warehouse, pdf
To login you use the same login (Member ID) and password that you use for AuxDirectory/AuxOfficer or
the National Testing Center.
You can update your address (form will automatically change your information to USPS standardized
address). We do have a problem with Division 1 Puerto Rico addresses – be sure to use the Post Office
Standardized Address when you update. Also you can change or add phone numbers and email
addresses. You can also update your availability times, occupation and skills database.
Once you submit this form, it will go to your FSO-IS to update AUXDATA. It is important that we keep
our information, skills, availability and other information up to date. Any questions or concerns, please
contact your FSO-IS.
Communication Services
Submitted by Dave Hastings, DSO-CS
How many of you have actually taken the time to look at what is available on our District 7 website?
There is so much information that is helpful to both officers and members.
The link to this site is: The top menu is linked to the National website and the
District information is located on the left menu.
You can check out information from the Bridge, Directorates with links to DSOs associated with each
directorate, and ASCs
If you look in Member Resources we have added the HR Corner with procedures for processing
paperwork related to Human Resources such as Retirements and Disenrollments and procedures for new
members. Also a new Awards link that gives you all the tools you need to write Awards. The D7 Help Desk
has a knowledgebase with valuable information on various subjects such as AOM (AUXDATA Order
Management), use of Facilities in other Districts, Visitors to D7, etc. There is list of D7 Officers, D7
AuxInfo Quick Access Reports, AuxDirectory/AuxOfficer, D7 Dashboard, and portals to Navigation
Systems and Team Coordination Training. You can find forms and manuals that will also help you.
The Online Magazines have links to both national and district newsletters such as the D7 Connection.
There is information for the Public on joining the Auxiliary and Safe Boating Courses. You can reach the
D7 Store with just a click. You can also watch videos on the Video link.
The first place you should check is the What’s New link. Here you will find new information added to
the website as well as the D7 Strategic Plan.
There is a lot of information available and this is a good resource available for your use.
Fall ssue
A special thanks to all who have submitted articles and photos in this issue.
Articles/photos for the Fall Issue will graciously be accepted at:
[email protected]
Submitted by Thomas Brickey, Mgr.
Submitted by Art Slepian,
FSO-PA Specialist 1, Flotilla 51
FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – While Operation
Black Swan was taking place in Freeport,
Grand Bahamas, a group of Seventh Coast
Guard District Auxiliarists were at Fort
Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport
on April 3 playing out their roles as anxious,
worried family members seeking information
about their loved ones.
The purpose of the Fort Lauderdale session was
to test the airport’s ability to identify family
members who might come to the airport
seeking to fly to the Bahamas to find their
relatives, and then direct them to a central
location where they could get first-hand
information from American Red Cross
The incident in Grand Bahamas was staged
while confused volunteer Auxiliarists made
their way into the family room to begin the
exercise. The scene could easily foretell what
cruise operators, airline representatives and
Red Cross volunteers will face in a real-world
emergency evacuation.
All ticket agents are trained to be aware of
off-site incidents that could cause an increase
in ticket demand. The agents questioned the
potential passenger and, if an agent determines
that the ticket buyer is trying to get to the
location of an incident involving a family
member, the ticket buyer is directed to the
family room, according to James Jackson Jr.,
airport operations supervisor.
Auxiliarists Angela Pomaro and Stu
Landau, both from Flotilla 51, The Palm
Beaches, Fla., at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
International Airport on April 3 in their role
as family members during Operation Black
Swan waiting for information about their
relatives. (Photo by Art Slepian)
Plans for the Fort Lauderdale portion of
Operation Black Swan began in February,
according to Victor Opara, airport terminal
manager. American Red Cross volunteers,
who provided one-on-one assistance to collect
information for the role-playing Auxiliarists,
did not have two months to prepare for their
participation. They were notified on the night
of April 2 to come to the airport the next day
to take part in the exercise.
“If necessary, we could have a team at the
airport within one hour,” said Elizabeth
Schmidt, an American Red Cross liaison who
works at the organization’s South Florida
Region office in Plantation. She also said that
medical personnel to serve family members
could be on-site within two hours.
Auxiliarists (L to R) Jacob Szpicek, Flotilla 51; Otto
Spielbichler, Flotilla 54, Delray-Boynton Beach,
Fla.; and Valerie Pleasanton, Flotilla
Commander, Flotilla 54, wait for instructions in
the ticket area at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood
International Airport on April 3 during Operation
Black Swan. (Photo by Art Slepian)
Family members seeking information can also
be directed to the family room by cruise
operators who field telephone calls from
concerned relatives, according to Mr. Jackson.
“These training sessions are a great way to get
the glitches out in case of a real emergency,”
said Auxiliarist Valerie Pleasanton, vice
commander of Flotilla 54, Delray-Boynton
Beach, Fla.
Meanwhile, in Grand Bahamas, 60 Auxiliary
volunteer actors were prepared by makeup
artists to reflect the type of injuries that could
be expected in the real world. The previous day
One hundred sixty-five Auxiliary volunteer actors
participated in an abandon ship drill— active duty
USCG boarded two lifeboats and one life raft that
were towed to Freeport.
Lifeboat with USCG volunteer actors aboard
makes its way to shore as during Operation
Black Swan conducted in Freeport, Grand
Bahamas on April 2. Photo by Chris Todd,
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary.
Black Swan is an emergency maritime safety
drill coordinated by the Bahamian
government, the U.S. Coast Guard, the cruise
line industry, and emergency response teams
to test and evaluate safety procedures at sea’
“We are observing the U.S. in this exercise. We
are learning from this exercise and it is going
to put to test our readiness for this kind of life
incident, if it were to happen,” Alexander
Williams, Administrator for the City of
Freeport District, told The Freeport News.
Freeport is 65 miles from Palm Beach, Fla.
Also participating was the Bahamian National
Emergency Management Agency, whose
director, Capt. Steven Russel, said the island
nation’s response plan would be evaluated for
improvement after the exercise, according to
The Freeport News.
Operation Black Swan was first outlined for
the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science,
and Transportation by U.S. Coast Guard
Deputy Commandant for Operations Vice
Admiral Brian Salerno.
“The Black Swan mass rescue exercise series
will focus on the exercise of Coast Guard mass
rescue plans, coordination with other
authorities and industry partners, notification
and information processes, personnel
accountability, embarking thousands of
survivors on rescue ships from the water, lifeboats and rafts, and rescued passenger and
crew support,” Adm. Salerno wrote to the
Senate committee.
A Royal Bahamas Police Force officer
processes Auxiliary actors during Operation
Black Swan conducted in Freeport, Grand
Bahamas. Photo by Chris Todd, U.S. Coast
Guard Auxiliary.
The exercise series began in 2010 with a
cruise ship seminar in New Orleans. The
Bahamas exercise was the first functional
In the family room, Auxiliarists were given a
form with the name of their newly designated
relative. Then an American Red Cross
volunteer interviewed the worried family
member collecting information about age,
physical description and daily medications,
among other facts.
A short time later the Red Cross volunteer
returned with information. In several cases,
Auxiliarists were taken to a representative of
the clergy and informed that their relative had
On hand to observe were Lt. Cmdr. Diane
Croff, Lt. Cmdr. Heather Osburn and Lt.
Cmdr. Ramon Serrano. The three Coast Guard
reservists are members of the Seventh District
Contingency Planning group.
Ms. Croff said that the trio would report their
observations to Paul Culver, Seventh District
Contingency Planning Director. Mr. Culver
was the exercise director for the Seventh
District. Among the observations was the
absence of a cruise line representative which
would had added more realism to the event,
according to Ms. Croff.
The 90-minute exercise held in the family
room of the airport concluded with a thirty
minute review during which Auxilarists noted
that regular updates on the situation were
needed, chargers for cell phones should be
provided and Red Cross volunteers should
have more contact with family members.
Thank you for your service
Rear Admiral William D. Baumgartner,
Commander Seventh Coast Guard
District (Retired)
Rear Admiral John H. (Jake) Korn,
Commander Seventh Coast Guard
Captain Chris P. Scraba, Commander
U. S. Coast Guard Sector Miami
Captain Austin J. Could, Commander
U. S. Coast Guard Sector Miami
Captain Sheryl L. Dickinson,
Commander, Sector St. Petersburg
Captain Gregory Case, Commander
Sector St. Petersburg
Air Station Borinquen Change Of Command Supported By Auxiliary
Submitted by Robert A. Fabich,
SO-PA Division 16
AGUADILLA, Puerto Rico - Captain Robert D. Phillips, United States Coast Guard was relieved by
Captain Patricia A. McFetridge, USCG, at a time-honored traditional Change of Command ceremony
June 4, 2013. Rear Admiral William D. Baumgartner, Commander of the Seventh Coast Guard District
headquartered in Miami, Florida, presided over the formal ritual held at Air Station Borinquen (BQN).
Capt. Phillips presents a final
salute after 32 years of service
during his retirement ceremony
following the Change of Command
Capt. McFetridge (right) assumes command from
Capt. Phillips (left) at Air Station Borinquen June
4, 2013. Rear Adm. Baumgartner presided over
the Change of Command ceremony.
The venue for the change of command, inside the BQN hanger, was exhibited with a MH-65C Dolphin
helicopter and four USCGAUX aircraft. Charles "Chuck" Fischer, Jr., Auxiliary Aviation Coordinator,
BQN, directed the assembly of aircraft which were also used to transport dignitaries to and from the
Following the change of command, Rear Adm. Baumgartner, Capt. Drew W. Pearson, USCG,
commander of Sector San Juan, and their staff took the opportunity to join Lieutenant Roger Bogert,
USCG, supervisor of the Resident Inspection Office St. Croix, for an all hands assembly held at The
Palms at Pelican Cove on St. Croix. Lt. Bogert oversees the USCG Prevention and Boat Forces
More than sixty USCG active duty and Auxiliary members from St. Croix, San Juan and the 7th District
enjoyed a local Caribbean lobster feast compliments of The Palms At Pelican Cove. In recognition for his
support to the Auxiliary, Mr. Fischer presented Rear Adm. Baumgartner a commemorative plaque.
Rear Admiral. Baumgartner's speech to the attendees highlighted the achievements of the 7th District's
USCGAUX air operations program, Divisions 1 and 16 team participation with active duty, and overall
importance of the Auxiliary as part of Team Coast Guard for both surface and air operations. Captain
Pearson read aloud the content of two Auxiliary Commandant's Letters Of Commendation as Rear
Admiral Baumgartner presented the awards to Duane R. Minton, Flotilla Commander 16-1 and Robert A.
Fabich, Sr., Public Affairs Specialist 16-1. Mr. Minton and Mr. Fabich were also honored with the USCG
7th District, Awarded For Excellence, challenge coin.
The reception was only part of the three-day activities. Prior to, and after the change of command,
members of Flotilla 16-1 feverishly coordinated the logistics to include USCGAUX air transportation, a
social gathering at BQN, and a St. Croix farewell breakfast.
"As the DSO-AV, I cannot tell you how impressed I am at the professionalism and the camaraderie of
Team BQN. You are the model for other Air Stations in D7 to emulate... and D7 is the model for AUXAIR
nationwide," said Ken Plesser as he reflected on the events. AUXAIR is an Auxiliary operational program
that is organized on a district level rather than on a flotilla or division basis.
Sector St. Petersburg
June 12, 2013
Captain Sheryl L. Dickinson, who commanded Sector St. Petersburg beginning in 2010, formally turned
over her duties to Captain Gregory D. Case on June 12, 2013.
Captain Dickinson makes a final inspection of
the Honor Platoon. Incoming Sector
Commander, Captain Gregory Case follows
behind her. The Honor Platoon includes Coast
Guard Auxiliary member David Swartz (4th from
left) and Karen Miller (far right) and Ann
Bennett and Brenda Burger, not visible in this
A Ship’s Wheel is presented to Captain Dickinson
as a parting gift by Auxiliary members. The wheel
was once owned by RADM William H. Rafferty,
USN who was a veteran of WWI, WWII and
Presenting the wheel (from l. to r.) Braxton Ezell,
Mel Manning, Paul Pelletier, Larry Berman, Jim
Ryder, Don Hoge, Karen Miller and Paulette
Hundreds of Team Coast Guard members, guests, dignitaries and family members fill
Mahaffey Theater to watch the ceremony.
Submitted by Vickie Aponte,
Captain Drew Pearson, Commanding Officer
Sector San Juan presents Hector Vega, FC 17
Aguadilla with the HR Challenge Coin as
Ramses Rodriguez, DCDR-Division 1 looks on.
The Coast Guard Meritorious Team Commendation was presented to
the following Division 1 Human Resources and Recruiting Team:
Human Resources Team
Angel Saldana
Jose Martinez
Ricardo Velez
Angel Colon
Freddy Zaragoza
Marco Cruz-Resto
Wilson Irizarry_dehoyos
Maguelles Island—Puerto Rico
April 21, 2013
Submitted by Vickie Aponte,
Human Resources and Recruiting Award
Presented by Captain Drew Pearson
From left to right — Ramses Rodriguez-DCDRDivision 1Wilson Irizarry SO-HR, Captain
Drew Pearson Commanding Officer Sector San
Juan, Angel Colon Flotilla 17 Aguadilla and
Lieutenant– Commander Jose Perez, USCG
Division 1 Auxiliarists
Happy Birthday Mariano Velasquez Auxiliary
Sector Coordinator, Flotilla 13 Ponce
Mentoring and recruiting training given by Vickie
Aponte for Division 1
Georgia’s New Boating Safety Law
Submitted by Pat Lindsey, FC
Flotilla 29
“Underway” Flotilla 29 Publication
The State of Georgia now has a NEW Boating
Safely Law signed on April 23, 2013 by
Governor Nathan Deal at the Holiday Marina on
Lake Sidney Lanier, Georgia. The bill was
named after three young boys who lost their
lives last year in two different, horrible, boating
accidents. Teaching Boating Safety Classes and
LAKES", we see and know the dangers of
boating! We experience it as we patrol our
beloved Lake Sidney Lanier, Georgia. So far this
year in February, March, and April we have
taught 100 students. Boating Under the
Influence has become stronger and now
matches DUI in motor vehicles and also the life
jacket age is now any child under 13 must have
on a life jacket.
I was privileged to attend the signing of this new
bill into law. Governor Deal's office called and
invited me to come. I was so humbled and
honored...and oh the bittersweet...very
emotional as I watched the two Mothers who
lost their boys in the boating accidents hug and
talk with each other. Governor Deal was overcome
as he named the boys. He stopped and gathered
his composure, then continued. I received a very
moving letter from the mother of two sons who
died in the same accident. Her feelings and
thoughts and emotions were clear.
I am blessed beyond measure as I teach About
Boating Safely on Lake Lanier, I love it. I am
blessed to be able to do this. I want to say "Thank
You" to each of our ABOUT BOATING SAFELY
My "Thank You" to our Flotilla 29 Lake Sidney
Lanier, Ga. CGAUX members for the innumerable
hours and hours you work and give and spend on
Lake Lanier to assure the safety and well being for
our community. Auxiliary Members of Flotila 29
Lake Sidney Lanier, Ga. are the very best, the elite.
You are monumental in working toward the
passage of SB136. What a Victory.
I am proud to serve with you and for you and for
this community!
Lake Lanier, Georgia Governor
Deal signs State Bill 136 into law.
The bill places stiffer penalties on
boaters under the influence (BUI).
All photos submitted by Auxiliary Personnel to Flotilla 29 Publication “UNDERWAY”
MAY 15, 2013
Submitted by Bill Griswold,
SO-HR, Division 4
There is a call for outreach efforts to include reckless operations and inattention in addition to the life
jacket messages. The reason behind this call is reckless operations and inattention are prime causes of
accidents, leading to persons being thrown in the water.
Deviney’s Law is named after a young woman who died water skiing when she ran into a fixed object.
The proposed law would prohibit anyone under the age of 18 to operate the boat towing a person, and
would prohibit the boat from being 50 yards from a fixed object. Due to the problems of enforcing this
regulation, it died.
Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary – The Sanctuary was established by Congress in 1990 and
includes all the Keys and the Tortugas. Many federal, state and local government agencies are involved
as the sanctuary protects areas for fishing, diving, speed zones, no motor zones, and bird nesting areas.
The Sanctuary partners with the National Wildlife Service and the wildlife refuge areas. Activities not
normally thought about are monitored and protected, an example being rental paddleboards which go
into very shallow water. People falling off the boards trample sea grass or disturb it with their paddles.
Divers on certain areas don’t want fishermen dropping lines on them, user conflicts are a continuing
challenge. The Sanctuary and Refuge regulate a host of potential problems, dumping/discharges, spear
fishing, vessel speed, personal watercraft, vessel access, groundings, marine construction and dredging,
oil and gas development, touching or standing on coral, diving/snorkeling, marine life and aquarium
collection. A community based advisory council leads planning efforts. Every user group or interest
group have representatives, and they meet every other month at various locations in the Keys. They form
working groups to address specific problems such as coral reef ecosystem restoration, shallow water
wildlife and habitat protection, and ecosystem protection, ecological reserves, preservation areas and
wildlife protection. One large issue was personal water craft tours, consisting of eight to ten PWCs,
touring with a guide around Key West. Their tours conflicted with flats fishermen, and entered some
protected areas, all which needed resolution. This was accomplished to everyone’s satisfaction. The
speaker praised the Coast Guard Auxiliary and their efforts to patrol and educate the public.
Quick facts –
259,695 FWC vessel patrol hours
255,734 vessel inspections
1,001,136 users checked
294,821 total boating safety hours
901,969 registered boats (most in the nation)
29,359 Boating Safety Cards issued
704 reportable boating accidents
116 accidents investigated by local authorities
44% of the accidents involved a collision, 160 with another vessel, and 148 with a fixed object
Carelessness and machinery failure were the leading causes in 164 accidents – may be caused
by older boats on the water.
Alcohol use was the primary cause of 24 accidents
Falls overboard was again the leading cause of fatalities and has been since 2003
Florida has conducted life jacket wear studies, 3 times a year, noting that about 7% of boaters
are wearing life jackets. I am endeavoring to get a copy of that report.
Vessel and property damage for 2012 was $8,064,331
PWC – 112,896 registered PWCs, 13% of total registered boats. PWCs were involved in 132
accidents or 19% of the total, 42 involved multiple PWCs, 38% (66) were rentals and 28% (48)
were borrowed.
20% of the fatalities were from non powered boats
MAY 15, 2013
Monroe County led the state with 100 accidents. The top ten counties include:
Miami Dade 81
Pinellas 49
Palm Beach 49
Okaloosa 31
Broward 30
Brevard 29
Lee 28
Collier 24
Hillsborough 16
Vessel Registration
Next up was an analysis of the Anchoring and Mooring Pilot Program.
This program began in 2009, with the sites selection. First up were St. Augustine in 2011, St. Petersburg
in 2012, Sarasota 2012, Monroe County in 2012, Stuart and Martin County 2013. Two areas in St.
Petersburg, Stuart/Martin County and Monroe County have been established. We got a lot of numbers of
boats surveyed in the areas, as well as types of boats. There was resistance to the program initially, but
the public has accepted the areas and transit vessels are using them. Analysis of the boats has been
divided between transient cruisers, stationary live-aboard and long term storage vessels. Each area has
been analyzed, noting Florida boats, boats from other states and foreign boats (mostly Canadian). This
has been a huge effort by FWC and the local governments, hammering out regulations and establishing a
good working program for each area. They are quite different and my impression is that this pilot
program has reached success and resolved many issues with the freedom of navigation and combating
boats that eventually fall into disrepair and end up as derelict vessels.
The Boating Advisory Council (BAC) was created within the FWC by section 327.803, Florida
Statutes. The BAC consists of eighteen members - including representatives from the Florida
Legislature, boating-related organizations and eleven members appointed by the Governor. The
purpose of the council is to make recommendations to the FWC and the Department of Economic
Opportunity regarding issues affecting the boating community.
Submitted by Vickie Aponte,
Flotilla 67, Coral Gables, Fla, sponsored USCG SPARS Clara Leinhauser-Haggarty for an truly exciting
day. Along with Flotilla 6-11, Miami, in attendance, Clara was brought to USCG Station Miami and was
welcomed by Lieutenant Commander Joseph Abeyta. She then was taken for a ride in their 45 footer
through Government Cut, Bayside. She also went on a tour of the Tall Ship, Juan Sebastian el Cano, from
Spain that was in port that day. When she returned to the Station, she was met by Captain Chris Scraba
who presented her with a Sector Challenge Coin.
Auxiliarists from Flotilla 67 in attendance were Elfrain Sora, Julian Corrales, Julianne Bouchard and
Joel Aberbach; from Flotilla 6-11 were Victor Garcia, Nicole Betterson, Vickie Aponte and Bill Tejeiro.
Captain Scraba Welcomes Clara
Coast Guard Promotes National Safe Boating Week
Submitted by Vickie Aponte ,
Coast Guard Miami Beach Commanding Officer
Lieutenant Commander Joseph Abeyta, conducts
an interview for National Safe Boating Week at
Watson Island in Miami May 24, 2013. U.S. Coast
Guard photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark
National Safe Boating Week is
designed to remind the public to
practice safe boating before the
Memorial Day weekend
Officer George Pino, with Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, discusses the
importance of wearing life jackets at Watson
Island for National Safe Boating Week in Miami,
on May 24, 2013. U.S. Coast Guard photo by
Petty Officer 3rd Class Mark Barney.
Polk County Detachment National Safe Boating
Submitted by Gil Thomas, ADSO-HR
The Polk County Detachment is part of Flotilla
74, Brandon, Florida. The Detachment had
objectives for May and June, —to get out the
message about safe boating for National Safe
Boating Week, public awareness about the
Detachment and recruiting of new members.
April 2013, was the beginning of Nation Safe
Boating Week for the Polk County Detachment.
Letters were sent to cities and the county asking
them to read the National Safe Boating Week
Proclamation declaring May 18 through the
24th “National Safe Boating Week” at their
official business meetings. The proclamation
was read by the mayors of Lakeland, Winter
Haven, Lake Wales, Haines City and the
chairman of the Polk County Board of
Commissioners, at Bartow, Florida.
The Detachment was represented at each of the
meetings by Polk County Detachment Leader
Gilbert F. Thomas, who was asked to tell each
of the city councils and the board of county
commissioners about the National Safe Boating
Week and the missions of the Detachment.
While the proclamation was being read in the
different cities , the Detachment setup a display
at the Winter Haven Library It contained
information about the United States Coast
Guard, the Coast Guard Academy, the Coast
Guard Auxiliary, and National Safe Boating
Winter Haven Library Display
The display received many compliments from
visitors to the Winter Haven Library. The
display was setup by Gilbert Thomas, and
Dustin Buxton of the Polk County Detachment,
and George Papabeis of Flotilla 74.
On May 31, 2013, the display was removed from
the Winter Haven Library and became part of
the display for the June 1st Hurricane Expo
at Haines City, Florida which was sponsored by
Polk County Emergency Management.
Members of the Polk County Detachment spoke
to over 300 people at the Hurricane Expo. This
was another opportunity to get out the message
about safe boating for National Safe Boating
Week, and increase public awareness of the
Polk County Detachment, as well as to recruit
new members.
On June 15th The Polk County Detachment
participated in the Hurricane Awareness Expo
sponsored by the City of Mulberry, Florida. The
detachment was invited by the City of Mulberry
to be a part of their Hurricane Awareness Expo.
The Detachment had the opportunity to meet
the Mayor of Mulberry, City Commissioners,
Polk County Commissioners, and the residents
of Mulberry and Polk County and tell them
about our mission to save lives.
Polk County Detachment members at the Hurricane Awareness Expo. From the Left to right:
George Kremer, Steve Hunnicutt, James
Urbanawiz, Berry Lightsey, and Dustin Buxton.
Submitted by Doug Johnson,
FSO-HR, Flotilla 95
Flotilla 95 (Marco Island) just completed participation with their local YMCA, for the 18th year in a row,
in a program called Water Wise. The goal of the program is to educate all third (3rd) graders in water
and boating safety. This year, Flotilla 95 educated 260 third grade children from Tommie Barfield and
Manatee Elementary Schools.
Students learn the value and reason for a life jacket, how to ask for permission before getting on a boat
and how to board and exit a small boat safely. They also learned the HELP position. This position helps
keep them warm and visible when in the water. The flotilla used their new "center console" that was
built specifically for this program. With the center console we are able to demonstrate how to take the
engine out of gear, how to turn the engine off, and the use of the VHF radio and "Mayday".
The program ran over a ten-day period with one or two third classes participating at a time for a total of
fourteen third grade classes. Fourteen flotilla members volunteered over 162 hours during the ten day
Children learn features of new center console
Children practiced getting in and out of the boat safely.
The HELP position.
National Safe Boating Week Rescue Demonstration
Submitted by Connie Irvin, DSO-PA
Flotilla 96 participated in a water rescue demonstration with the Bonita Springs Fire Department as part
of National Safe Boating Week activities. The event, conducted in the Gulf waters near Lover’s Key, also
included participation by Flotillas 91, 93 and U.S. Coast Guard personnel from Station Fort Myers Beach
who came in their 41” Utility Boat (UTB).
The rescue demonstration was captured by WINK-TV, NBC-2 TV and a photojournalist from the Naples
Daily News. Television coverage of the event was carried during both the afternoon and evening news
and included safety tips from D7 Commodore John Tyson.
DCO John Tyson is interviewed by WINK-TV
during the NSBW rescue demonstration
The Bonita Springs fire boat gets into position
for the rescue demonstration. An Auxiliary
facility from Flotilla 96 and the USCG 41’ UTB
converge on the scene.
Per Coast Guard PA Protocol and Guide Lines: Television
interviews outside require that the cover be removed
Robert Burney Long JR,
Captain USCG Retired ,
USCG Auxiliary Retired
Submitted by Don Wellons, FC
Flotilla 10-10
Burney Long was presented with his retirement letter and pin and a plaque from the Coast Guard at our
monthly meeting Wednesday, June 12 after 31 years of service. Brunswick Coast Guard Station Senior
Chief Bennett presented Burney with a beautiful plaque from the Coast Guard recognizing his over 50
years combined service to the Coast Guard and the Coast Guard Auxiliary. Captain Robert Burney Long,
JR, 88, died peacefully at his home on St. Simons Island the next morning.
Burney had served the Coast Guard and Coast Guard Auxiliary over 50 years. He had been a member of
the Auxiliary for 31 years. He served as Flotilla Commander and also taught Coast Guard Auxiliary
boating safety classes to many Golden Isles residents. He was a boat examiner providing complimentary
inspections of private and commercial fishing craft for safety and pollution control devices. Unknown to
many, he was an amateur mycologist, expert in identifying and cataloging mushrooms and fungi.
Additionally, he was a certified scuba diver and avid golfer.
He was a member of the “Lighthouse Crew” that has maintained the St. Simons Island Lighthouse for
the past nineteen years. The crew includes three of the original volunteers from May 1994 (Jeff Cole,
Burney Long and Bob West), and is supplemented regularly by Ralph Ainger, Al Dixon , John Farmer,
David Melvin and Bill Wiggins. Every Thursday afternoon, the crew climbs 129 steps to the popular
tourist observatory and then continues another ten feet into the gated and locked lens room to perform a
series of maintenance tasks that ensures continuous operation of the light. In addition to cleaning each
of the individual glass prisms of the 155 year old Third Order Fresnel (fray-NEL) lens, they check the
gear mechanism which keeps the lens turning, test the electrical system and the back-up emergency
Burney graduated from the USCG Academy in 1945 and immediately joined Destroyer Escort Division
45 engaging in the Atlantic Convoy Escort Duty for the duration of the war. After the war, Ensign Long
served on the USCG Cutter Bibb engaged in North Atlantic Weather and Oceanographic Patrol. After
Post Graduate Training at Rensselear Polytechnic Institute, Lieutenant Long was assigned to Loran
Station expansion and construction projects in the Caribbean, Central and South America and later in
Alaska and the Aleutians. In 1960 he was assigned to the USCG Cutter Escanaba and then Commanding
Officer of the Cutter Campbell which served as part of the Seventh Fleet (part of Viet Nam Task Force
Captain Long retired from the USCG after 27 years of service. His medals include World War II Theater
Ribbons for the Atlantic and Pacific, the Korean War, the Viet Nam Service Ribbon with four stars, Navy
and Coast Guard Commendation Medals and the Bronze Star with Combat V.
Thank you for your service.
Open House at Coast Guard
Station Sand Key
Karen L. Miller, Commander, Division 11
Looking to make National Safe Boating Week spectacular for 2013, the Division 11 Bridge met with Chief
Warrant Officer Steve McDonnell, Commanding Officer of Coast Guard Station Sand Key in March of this year.
In that meeting it was suggested that we open the Station to the public and schedule that opening for the first
day of National Safe Boating Week. We suggested that the Auxiliary take the lead to remove the burden from
the active duty members and that all we needed was one member to act as liaison to the Command.
Thus was born the highly successful open house at Station Sand Key. The Division 11 Bridge requested that
Karen Montembeault, a member of Flotilla 11-10, Dunedin and their Staff Officer for Public Affairs, be the
Auxiliary Point of Contact. Karen had recently come off being the POC for Sector St Petersburg’s Open House
and had garnered numerous kudos for a “job well done.”
Karen sat down with the Division 11 Bridge and BM1 Chad Albrecht and we laid out who would do what; what
kind of activities we would have; what provision for personnel was needed; how to advertise the open house;
and details that were too numerous to even list. Karen and Chad used that meeting as their “marching orders”
and organized everything.
Here are some of the activities planned:
Knot tying station
Safe boating/public education info
Coast Guard corn-hole
Face painting
A Coastie tattoo station
A Coast Guard recruiting booth and their costumed Joe Coastie
Tours of all of the station boats
Security to prevent attendees from entering non-public spaces and keeping them away from the sea wall to prevent
inadvertent falls into the bay
Demonstration of stern and side tows by Auxiliary facilities
Flare demonstrations along with other visual distress signals
An Auxiliary PWC facility
A bottled water station
All this required an MC as well as all the personnel. So, Karen recruited Carl Mogavero and promised to provide
him with a sound system and a script of the planned activities – especially for the on-the-water demonstrations.
Once that was “cast in concrete”, Karen went about publicizing the open house. There wasn’t a medium she
missed. The local papers, the regional papers, the television stations and the Program Partners (thanks to the
Recreational Boating Safety Program Visitors) were all filled in on the open house and almost every one of them
carried the announcement several times. She even notified each of the local mayors and city council members
so they would attend also as well as notify their constituents. Station Sand Key is located in Clearwater, the only
Coast Guard City in Florida.
Open House at Coast Guard
Station Sand Key
Fast forward to May 18th, the first day of NSBW and the planned day for the open house. To make sure
the public knew about the event, Karen had a banner made up announcing the open house for outside
the gate and then bought some red, white and blue Mylar balloons to attract more attention. Then BM1
Albrecht got another great idea – he would park his white Jeep outside the gate with the sign on it, the
balloons and even a poster made by one of the Seamen at the Station.
So, how did it turn out after all this planning? Would all the Auxiliary and civilian volunteers come and
work the shifts they promised? Would anyone from the public come? Would the media come to carry the
safe boating message via the written word and television?
You bet they came! A little under 500 people came by between 10:00 am and 3:00 pm! Plus more than a
dozen attendees signed up for boating safety classes, vessel safety checks and even membership in the
We had a few glitches – like we totally underestimated the parking spot requirements and needed to
dedicate two Auxiliarists to direct people to open parking spaces (and needed the Station’s van to shuttle
others to a remote lot about half-mile away) – and the sound system died (but our inventive MC Carl
repositioned himself inside one of the 45 foot boats and used its loud speaker). Otherwise, it was a
resounding success and no-one noticed these small hiccups, except for Karen and Carl.
The open house was further enhanced by an unexpected Search and Rescue case. In the early afternoon
the SAR alarm went off with an announcement that a boat was sinking in Clearwater Harbor with 13
people aboard and most were in the water. The announcement had to go out that this was NOT a drill –
it was happening! The two Auxiliary boats who were doing the on-the-water demonstrations and one of
the Station’s 25’ boats went speeding off and plucked all the people out of the water and placed them
safely on land at Seminole Boat Ramp. That sure added excitement to the day!
Because of its success, Mr. McDonnell is already talking about 2014 and how they could make the open
house even bigger and better!
Gold and Silver Address 17th Annual International Boating & Water Safety Summit
Submitted By Helen Russette, Flotilla 14-5
Remember the Alamo? Well, it won’t soon be forgotten by folks who attended the International
Boating & Water Safety Summit in San Antonio, Texas last month. The event was organized around
the famous River Walk. This “Crown Jewel” of Texas is a scenic waterway that delights both locals and
tourists who stroll leisurely along its edge or take the narrated river boat cruise to enjoy a meandering
journey past shops, hotels and eateries. Summit attendees learned of River Walk’s fundamental, more
utilitarian role; it functions as a critical element of the city’s flood control system. This tidbit was shared
with Summit-goers, along with other behind the scenes information and rich history of San Antonio and
the legendary fight for Texas statehood.
Boating and water safety experts from across the United States and Canada met from March 24 to
March 27 to network, share knowledge and participate in a variety of breakout and hands-on sessions.
At the conclusion of the Summit, participants returned home armed with updated information and new
ideas on promoting safe, secure and enjoyable recreational boating in their home communities.
No boating and water safety conference would be complete without input from the United States Coast
Guard and United States Coast Guard Auxiliary. Captain David J. Rokes, USCG Office of the
Auxiliary and Boating Safety, presented highlights of the current status of boating safety at the national
level. Ed Huntsman, Eighth District; Kent Richards, Fourteenth District; and Dave Borg,
Seventeenth District were present “We’re from the Government and We’re Here to Help!” The role of
Recreational Boating Safety Specialists (RBS) was explained and how they affect the boating public and
supporting agencies.
Auxiliarist Tim Caufield, Ninth District Western Region, reviewed “Rescue 21”, the Coast Guard’s
advanced search, rescue, and direction-finding communications system for coastal waterways and the
Great Lakes.
A joint presentation by District 7 Auxiliarists Captain Bill Griswold, Flotilla 43 (for the United Safe
Boating Institute) and John Russette, Flotilla 14-5 (for Clay County VIPS) with Marine Deputy Chris
Castelli addressed how Vessel Safety Check Data can be utilized to reduce recreational boating injuries
and fatalities and to focus training on creating good boating habits.
This cooperative program was sponsored by the National Water Safety Congress (NWSC) and the
National Safe Boating Council (NSBC). The 2014 event will be held April 14 to April 17 at the
Renaissance Hotel in Nashville
2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Tournament VEs in Orange, TX
Group photo of Bassmaster Tournament VEs
from Flotilla 081-06-11 in Orange TX, and
Flotilla 15-3 in Ocala, FL.
Fellowship lunch after doing all the VSCs at the
Bassmaster Tourney.
Tom Spangler, left, receives the Coast Guard
Meritorious Team Commendation for exemplary
service at the 2011 Bassmaster Elite Tournament
from Chuck Truthan, FC.
Taken from Flotilla 15-3 Publication “The Compass Rose”
Submitted by Mike LeBlanc, FSO-PA
Flotilla 17-9
The Titusville Chamber of Commerce
sponsored the annual Indian River Festival 2.0
on April 13th and 14th. The festival promotes
the local economy by celebrating the Indian
River and its natural resources, local food and
culture, outdoor recreation and health. Anytime
you hear of an event that mentions outdoors
activities around the water then you will most
likely find the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary. The
Indian River Festival is located in Flotilla 17-9’s
backyard at Sand Point Park and was one of the
many local vendors. The flotilla was offering
safe boating and paddle craft classes, vessel
examinations in which over twenty were
conducted and of course passing out various
types of safe boating information.
Vendors are encouraged to set up displays for
activities and products that are essential to our
core outdoor recreation opportunities
(kayaking, boating, cycling, hiking, paddle
boarding fishing, etc.). Additionally,
vendors may be eligible for fee offset for
providing public access to equipment/activity
at the festival.
The annual event provides a good family
environment that includes activities for all
generations, with a focus on youth
engagement and promotes the local food
economy through education and collaboration
with local restaurants, local farms, markets and
agriculture agencies. It also generates
revenue for the Titusville Chamber of
Commerce and other local community
organizations that participate in the
coordination and operation of the festival.
17-9 Flotilla Commander Gary Powers with one of the local vendors — offering safe boating and paddle
craft classes
April 1 to June 30, 2013
Division 1
Alvarado_Torres, Juan
Barbosa_Torres, Jose
Guzman-estronza, Manuel
Rivera-vera, Arnaldo
Rodriguez_Rios, Walter
Rosado, Efrain
Division 2
Brooks, Chris
Brown, Dennis C.
Clewis, Randy L., Jr.
Craft, Naeem
Dolagaray, Jose
Gray, Christy D.
Gray, Jeremy
Quigley, Robert J.
Sullivan, Jerry
Division 3
Anastacio, Mitchell
Barnes, Jeffrey W.
Bravo, Marcelo
De Salvo, Cynthia
Dmowski, Roman
Gaines, Earl A. Jr.
Parker, Ronda
Poe, Ronald
Weisenstein, Christal
White, Loretta
Zirulnick, Jeffrey M.
Division 4
Bickford, Andrew P.
Gravelle, William H.
Rodriguez, Raymond
Division 5
Condit, Robert
Esterby, Teresa
Gilbert, Kevin
Gisondo, Grant
Hart, Sean P.
Hazell, Curtis D.
Herrschaft, George
Nakarado, Gary
Steinbach, Susan
Division 6
Allocco, Andrew
Barimo, Steven A.
Barone, Christian H.
Barreto Gloria
Barreto, Oscar
Chudnovsky, Ariel
Eubanks, Jonathan L.
Ferguson, Stephen R., Jr.
Gonzalez, Angela
Gonzalez, Zahira
Holland, Chase
Holmes, Kenneth
Lake, Parker
Lim, Eddie P.
Martinez, Peter A.
McCormack, Joseph T.
Mejia, Monica D.
Perez, Emily
Powers, Thomas E.
Sagastegui, Anisha C.
Scharfman, Morton
Shepard, Krystal
Slater, Mordechai
Tarazona, Kevin
Valdes, Ricardo
Villa, Fernando
White, Frank
Division 7
Abruzzo, Natale P.
Fischell, George
Fitzgerald, Brett
Grace, Michael
Greenhalgh, John
Harvill, Carole
Huekler, Russell
Larkin, Christopher
McNeely, Timothy
Roddy_Olah, Debra
Samole, Adam
Taggart, Alastair
Wheeler, Eric
Division 8
Byrum, Margaret
Cray_Willis, Maxine
Crull, Andrew
Gwynn, William M.
Quaadman, David J.
Division 9
Brugett, Sue
Chose, Jonathan
Craemer, Martin
Ebert, John
Grattan, Ronald
Grundborg, Roland
Hutchings, Christopher
Lyell, John McHale,
Edmund R., Jr. Murphy,
Wayne G.
Pfeifer, Eva
Raab, Francis
Rausch, Connie
Robert, Alec A.
Ross, Byron
Talley, Robert
Vizioli, Thomas
Wickum, William
Division 10
Hooks, Lawrence
Irwin, James R.
Marshall_Hooks, Karen
Shoreman, Robert
Division 11
Albert, David
Bostrom, Donald A.
Esposito, Robert
Fisch, Perry J.
Haynes, William
Marston, Adam
Stefanski, Raymond
Seltzer, Lucas
Toomey, Timothy
Young, Houston
Division 13
Griffiths, Nina
Keller, John W.
Maser, Brenda
Maser, Walther G. III
McCarthy, Kathleen
Rubino, Christopher A.
Scholl, Christine
Smith, Owen
Stern, Philip
Tannucilli, Alexander
Wagner, Grant
Division 14
Kirkland, Mathew
Klushman, Thomas
Division 15
Dvorak, Joyce
Dvorak, Victor Jr.
Leon, Christian A.
McClain, Timothy J.
Pidek, Jacob
Render, Georgina
Schuck, John S.
Schuck, Linda S.
Division 16
Abraham_Callwood, Christina
Almonte, Rafael G., Jr.
Carpenter, John
Frett, Dan
James, Julia C.
Williams, Glen O. III
Division 17
Araujo_Alvarez, Vicente
Banyko, Tibor
Bell, George R., Jr.
Coleman, George
Martin, Keith
Positano, Peter
Prince, Demetrius
Solis_Perez, Celso
Thomas, Renee
Whiting, Clifford
27 September 47
Donald F. Brackett
Flotilla 11-10
5 April 55
Thomas F. McKee
Flotilla 34
16 October 56
John W. Zappia
Flotilla 34
7 October 57
Denjiro Rivera
Flotilla 12
13 November 59
Barry Porter
Flotilla 72
20 April 62
Vincent Barth
Flotilla 38
6 August 62
Harold Krantz
Flotilla 93
19 February 63
Harry Bonilla
Flotilla 14-3
Your long-standing service is acknowledged and appreciated.
Thank you
April 1 to June 30 2013
Department of Homeland Security
United States Coast Guard
Takes pleasure in conferring to:
Long, Robert
Polk, William
Kirk, Ted
Epps, Daniel
Polk, Gale
Morrison, Robert
Diaz, Brunhilda
Service Year
in the
United States Coast Guard Auxiliary
In recognition of significant contributions and devoted service to the organization and its
boating safety programs.
Sunset and evening star
And one clear call for me!
And may there be no moaning of the bar,
When I put out to sea,
Joseph Casale
Division 4
John Chance
Division 5
But such a tide as moving seems asleep,
Too full for sound and foam,
When that which drew from out the boundless deep
Turns again home.
Twilight and evening bell,
And after that the dark!
And may there be no sadness of farewell,
When I embark;
George Sojka
Division 6
Newton Anderson
Division 7
Robert Brachle
For tho' from out our bourne of Time and Place
The flood may bear me far,
I hope to see my Pilot face to face
When I have crossed the bar.
Joseph Hagan
Division 7
Division 8
By Alfred Lord Tennyson
Roland Fletcher Sr.
Doris Halleran
Jeanne Key
Division 8
Division 8
Division 8
Arthur Brereton
Division 8
John Currie
Division 8
Cee Wollheim
John Arthurs
Division 8
Division 10
Burnie Long
Division 10
Frederick Mesmer
Division 14
David Lipson, Ret
Division 14
Please submit photos for the
“Crossing of the Bar” Ceremony to
[email protected]
John Algeo
Division 15
George Brand
Division 15
William Southard
Division 15
Joseph Otis
Division 17
The link below will take you to a video showing the very first public singing of GOD BLESS AMERICA.
But before you watch, you should also know the story of the song. The time was 1940. America was just
coming out of a terrible economic depression. Hitler was taking over Europe and Americans were afraid
we'd have to go to war. It was a time of hardship and worry for most Americans.
Kate Smith was also very patriotic. It hurt her to see Americans so depressed and afraid of what the next
day would bring. She had hope for America, and faith in her fellow Americans. She wanted to do something to cheer them up, so she went to the famous American song-writer, Irving Berlin (also wrote White
Christmas) and asked him to write a song that would make Americans feel good again about their country.
When she described what she was looking for, he said he had just the song for her. He went to his files
and found a song that he had written, but never published, 22 years before - way back in 1917. He gave it
to Kate Smith and she worked on it with her studio orchestra. She and Irving Berlin were not sure how
the song would be received by the public, but both agreed they would not take any profits from God Bless
America. Any profits would go to the Boy Scouts of America.
This video starts out with Kate Smith coming into the radio studio with the orchestra and an audience. She introduces the new song for the very first time, and starts singing. After the
first couple verses, with her voice in the background still singing, scenes are shown from the 1940 movie,
You're In The Army Now. At the 4:20 mark of the video you see a young actor in the movie, sitting in an
office, reading a paper; it's Ronald Reagan, later to become President. The other man is George Murphy,
later to become a U.S. Senator from California.
Frank Sinatra considered Kate Smith the best singer of her time, and said when he and a million other
guys first heard her sing God Bless America on the radio, they all pretended to have dust in their eyes as
they wiped away a tear or two. To this day, God Bless America stirs our patriotic feelings and pride in
our country. Back in 1940, when Kate Smith went looking for a song to raise the spirits of her fellow
Americans, I doubt she realized just how successful the results would be for her fellow Americans during
those years of hardship and worry, and for many generations of Americans to follow. Now that you know
the story of the song, I hope you will enjoy it and treasure it even more.
Submitted by Burnett Radosh
Flotilla 37
Never, never
say “over” and “out” together
Nothing is wronger,
I can’t say this stronger
cause “over” and “out”
(now listen, don’t pout)
are antithetical prowords
think cats and birds
“over” wants a response, thank you
“out” says “good-bye, see you”
nothing is more confusing
than the other party choosing
between hanging up or talking more
because you didn’t know the score
and gave him or her “over” and “out” together
which you should do never, never
yo ho ho and a can of cola
a boat and a radio makes us bolder
when we’re done talkin’ we love to shout
“Roger, Wilco, Over and Out”
“Roger” has a good set of ears.
Notwithstanding your worst fears
he always has “ satisfactorily received your
His friend “Wilco” meets every skipper’s
For he “received, understands and will comply”
So my friends I do not lie
When I say that “Roger” and “Wilco”
Like General Halftrack and Sergeant Bilko
Are not properly found together
In foul or fair weather
Because the “received OK” is redundant
So on all of us it is incumbent
To use one or the other as may be apropos
Or our ignorance will show
Yo ho ho and a bottle of lube oil
Nothing you say will make our brains toil
With a boat and a radio we’re in clover
“Wilco, Roger, Out and Over”.
You are so verbose
it makes me comatose
You use one hundred words
when two will do
those who hear us
think we’re nerds
and for a few, it’s true!
Let me give you prowords, a smattering
without the definition
stop your mouth from mindless nattering
engage it on a mission
am I tempting fate
are you following along
you get the direction
about three dozen to master
then our coms will be faster
yo ho ho and a cup of tea
this proword blast is the thing for me
SAY AGAIN EVERYTHING, you artful dodger
“Over and Out, Wilco, Roger.”
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